Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Socks’ reincarnated Celebrity RIP thread

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Storm Thorgerson has passed away

    Dunno if this has been mentioned on here yet. A man I admired, and really really enjoyed his interviews on documentaries about Floyd. Anyway here's the Guardian Obit:

    Click image for larger version

Name:	Storm-Thorgerson-010.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	37.1 KB
ID:	2476874

    Storm Thorgerson, who has died aged 69 after suffering from cancer, was "the best album designer in the world" according to the writerDouglas Adams, and it was an assessment shared by generations of music fans. A lifelong working relationship with Pink Floyd began when Thorgerson designed the sleeve for the group's album A Saucerful of Secrets (1968). Subsequently, the unforgettable creations from Thorgerson's Hipgnosis company became the first choice for such influential shapers of the rock era as Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, the Nice, Paul McCartney and Black Sabbath, as well as for more recent stars including the Cranberries and Anthrax.
    When he started studying at the Royal College of Art in London, Thorgerson shared a flat in South Kensington with his friend Aubrey Powell, who found a job as a scenic designer at the BBC. It became a hub for a variety of artistic and musical characters, including Pink Floyd. The invitation from the Floyd to create the artwork for A Saucerful of Secrets, their second LP, came after Thorgerson and Powell started out in design by creating book covers for a publishing friend of Thorgerson's, in which they experimented with infra-red photography.
    The pair devised the name Hipgnosis, the partnership that they had started in 1967, by combining "hip" with the Greek word "gnosis", meaning "learning". For Saucerful, they concocted a cosmic, swirling design featuring multiple visual elements, perfectly in synch with both the album and the era. It caught the attention of other musicians, who were soon beating a path to their door.
    Their client list expanded steadily to encompass Genesis and the solo Peter Gabriel, Yes, the Alan Parsons Project, 10cc, Bad Company and Paul McCartney & Wings. The Madcap Laughs (1970) – the solo album that Syd Barrett released after leaving Pink Floyd – T Rex's Electric Warrior (1971) and Wishbone Ash's Argus (1972) all benefited from Hipgnosis's visual mystique.
    The Argus sleeve prompted Jimmy Page to invite Hipgnosis to create artwork for Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy (1973), and they responded with an image of strange naked children crawling over rocks. It was inspired by the Arthur C Clarke novel Childhood's End, and used a collage of photographs taken at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
    Hipgnosis's approach to design started from photography and applied techniques such as airbrushing and multiple exposures to create surreal dislocations and disturbing juxtapositions. Today similar effects could be created using software such as Adobe Photoshop, but Thorgerson's retort to this notion was: "I prefer the computer in my head to the one on my desk."
    He cited as influences artists and photographers including Man Ray, Magritte, Picasso, Kandinsky, Juan Gris and Ansel Adams, and described his working method thus: "I listen to the music, read the lyrics, speak to the musicians as much as possible. I see myself as a kind of translator, translating an audio event – the music – into a visual event – the cover. I like to explore ambiguity and contradiction, to be upsetting but gently so. I use real elements in unreal ways."
    Working with Pink Floyd always seemed to give Thorgerson an extra shot of inspiration. The prism design for the group's blockbuster Dark Side of the Moon (1973) genuinely merits that much over-used term "iconic", and the image of a blazing businessman on a studio back lot on Wish You Were Here (1975) provoked endless late-night discussion among Floyd cognoscenti.
    The cover shot for Animals (1977), depicting a pig flying over Battersea power station, was both startling and comic. During the photo shoot, the lighter-than-air pig slipped its moorings and presented a hazard to aircraft approaching Heathrow airport. For the cover of A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987), Thorgerson painstakingly arranged 700 hospital beds stretching away into infinity on a beach, later admitting that it was "madness to do it".
    Thorgerson was born in Potters Bar, north of London, and attended what he saw as "the original free school", AS Neill's Summerhill in Suffolk, before moving on to Cambridge high school for boys. He commented that his adolescence was blighted only by his parents' divorce.
    In Cambridge, Thorgerson went to school with Barrett and another future Pink Floyd member, Roger Waters. He had an additional connection with Waters in that their respective mothers were good friends, and he also knew David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Powell from his Cambridge days. Thorgerson said: "I look back fondly on those teenage years – great friends, illuminating experiences, and of course the music." He graduated in English and philosophy from Leicester University (1966), and at the RCA took an MA in film and television (1969).
    Eventually the compact disc began to take the place of the LP, and in 1983 Thorgerson branched out into video by forming Green Back Films with Powell and Peter Christopherson. It made clips for Paul Young, Yes and Robert Plant before falling apart in 1985.
    Thorgerson continued directing videos on his own, and extended his reach by working in commercials, though he found the latter environment "emotionally, intellectually bankrupt". Nevertheless, his droll commercial One Great Thing, for Tennent's lager, won a Golden Rose award in Scotland. He also made TV documentaries, including The Art of Tripping (1993), with a soundtrack by Gilmour, which investigated the effect of drugs on creativity, and a science documentary called Rubber Universe (1994).
    While Thorgerson continued to work on Pink Floyd projects, he also designed album artwork for many newer artists, among them Audioslave, Biffy Clyro and 21st-century prog-rockers Muse. He and Powell presented highlights of their work between hard covers in For The Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis (2008), while Thorgerson wrote several books on album-cover design including The Art of Hipgnosis: Walk Away René, Mind Over Matter and Eye of the Storm.
    Taken by Storm: The Album Art of Storm Thorgerson was a limited edition book and box set priced at £500 a copy. In 2009, Thorgerson and Powell made some of their original work available to art collectors for the first time, selling a selection of favourite pieces through Heritage Auctions Galleries.
    Thorgerson is survived by his wife, Barbie Antonis; her children, Adam and Georgia; his son Bill, from his earlier relationship with Libby January; and his mother, Vanji.
    Storm Elvin Thorgerson, graphic artist, born 28 February 1944; died 18 April 2013


    LINKIO
    I am the million man.

    Comment


      Richie Havens has died.



      \"I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.\" George Carlin

      Comment


        FORMER Republic of Ireland skipper Tony Grealish has passed away at the age of 56, after a battle with cancer

        Grealish started his professional career with Leyton Orient before spells with Luton Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Rotherham United and Walsall

        Born in London to Irish parents, Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland 45 times between 1976 and 1985.
        He made his debut against Norway and won his final cap against Denmark in November 1985.
        Grealish also had a distinguished club career representing Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Rotherham United and Walsall.
        One of the highlights of his career was captaining Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. The former Ireland captain had brief managerial spells at non-league clubs Bromsgrove Rovers and Atherstone United.
        FAI President Paddy McCaul said: "It is with great sadness that we heard of Tony Grealish's passing after battling illness so bravely. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. He will be remembered as a great servant of Irish football who was part of the international set-up under John Giles and Eoin Hand that came so close to qualifying for major tournaments and helped change Ireland's fortunes at that level of the game."
        FAI Chief Executive John Delaney added: “Tony Grealish was one of my footballing heroes when I was a child and I always remembered him as a great competitor who always gave his all for Ireland. I remember him playing in the FA Cup Final for Brighton against Manchester United and he had an excellent career. He will be missed by Irish football and we will be paying tribute to him at the forthcoming international against Georgia.”
        Grealish passed away in Devon last night after battling illness for the past 18 months. He is survived by his partner Wendy, children Garret and Jordana, grandchildren Harrison and Joshua, his mother Nora, brother Brian, sisters Anne and Christine and ex-wife Pippa.
        John Delaney, chief executive of the FAI, added: "Tony Grealish was one of my footballing heroes when I was a child and I always remembered him as a great competitor who always gave his all for Ireland.
        "He will be missed by Irish football and we will be paying tribute to him at the forthcoming international against Georgia
        Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

        Comment


          Thanks FOTD, that second vid was absolutely epic.
          Tis but a scratch.

          Comment


            Remember on a school tour to Dubland sneaking away with a couple of others to Landsdowne Rd. Ireland were playing Cyprus, pay at the door. Saw Tony Grealish score with a 30 yard rocket. Ireland won 6-0
            Con Artist

            Comment


              Author James Herbert has died.
              Enjoyed his books when I was younger. RIP
              On the internet, you can be anything you want. It always amazes me why so many people choose to be stupid.

              Comment


                Originally posted by Woggas View Post
                Author James Herbert has died.
                Enjoyed his books when I was younger. RIP
                He is a bit more than dead by now.
                Please support Milford Hospice. Click here to donate.

                Comment


                  My bad, spotted it on another forum and didn't check the date... apologies.
                  On the internet, you can be anything you want. It always amazes me why so many people choose to be stupid.

                  Comment


                    No more jump'in for Kriss Kross- Chris Kelly found dead in his home.

                    Linkage
                    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

                    Comment


                      The absolute legend of country music George Jones passed away, on 26th April, at 81 years old. Shows you that hard livin' doesn't necessarily kill you young, though it can kill you creativity. The original lawnmower man (check the tale by ex-wife Tammy Wynette about this online - hilarious!).From Tell Me Why Baby in the 1950s to I Lived To Tell It All in the late 1990s, pure genius. Only man Sinatra tipped a rakishly tilted hat to, along with Tony Bennett.

                      Comment


                        Originally posted by Sulla View Post
                        FORMER Republic of Ireland skipper Tony Grealish has passed away at the age of 56, after a battle with cancer

                        Grealish started his professional career with Leyton Orient before spells with Luton Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Rotherham United and Walsall

                        Born in London to Irish parents, Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland 45 times between 1976 and 1985.
                        He made his debut against Norway and won his final cap against Denmark in November 1985.
                        Grealish also had a distinguished club career representing Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Rotherham United and Walsall.
                        One of the highlights of his career was captaining Brighton in the 1983 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. The former Ireland captain had brief managerial spells at non-league clubs Bromsgrove Rovers and Atherstone United.
                        FAI President Paddy McCaul said: "It is with great sadness that we heard of Tony Grealish's passing after battling illness so bravely. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. He will be remembered as a great servant of Irish football who was part of the international set-up under John Giles and Eoin Hand that came so close to qualifying for major tournaments and helped change Ireland's fortunes at that level of the game."
                        FAI Chief Executive John Delaney added: “Tony Grealish was one of my footballing heroes when I was a child and I always remembered him as a great competitor who always gave his all for Ireland. I remember him playing in the FA Cup Final for Brighton against Manchester United and he had an excellent career. He will be missed by Irish football and we will be paying tribute to him at the forthcoming international against Georgia.”
                        Grealish passed away in Devon last night after battling illness for the past 18 months. He is survived by his partner Wendy, children Garret and Jordana, grandchildren Harrison and Joshua, his mother Nora, brother Brian, sisters Anne and Christine and ex-wife Pippa.
                        John Delaney, chief executive of the FAI, added: "Tony Grealish was one of my footballing heroes when I was a child and I always remembered him as a great competitor who always gave his all for Ireland.
                        "He will be missed by Irish football and we will be paying tribute to him at the forthcoming international against Georgia
                        Formidable Gaelic footballer also, with Warwickshire (I think).

                        Comment


                          Richie Havens tore Woodstock apart on its opening, with a version of Freedom that was transcendental and full of heartfelt passion.

                          Comment


                            Originally posted by isola ciarrai View Post
                            Richie Havens tore Woodstock apart on its opening, with a version of Freedom that was transcendental and full of heartfelt passion.
                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5aPBU34Fyk

                            Comment


                              Ray Manzarek, the founding keyboardist for the Doors, passed away this morning in Germany, according to a statement from his publicist. The cause was bile duct cancer. Age 74.

                              Comment


                                Forever remembered for this. RIP Ray.

                                Please support Milford Hospice. Click here to donate.

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X